Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Challenge: Airy But Colorful Living Room


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Hello, lovely ladies, how are doing today? Is it raining, yeah? In my home town it's raining, too. But that never stopped me from getting ready for the joys of Spring. I put together a colorful living room, following a few simple steps:

1. Keep it airy. Gather as many light surfaces as you can. Put a white cover on the couch! Switch your art with pastel paintings or photos! Fortunate enough to work with white walls and creme leather seating, I just made sure that my gallery wall features some items in light colors.
2. Ground it. Choose a little contrast for the floors. This way, the all-white-furniture in the room won't look like it is floating on a space base. I used my beautiful traditional rug with a powerful geometric pattern.
3. Add colorful accents. There are no rules here, the light background allows you to throw in anything small and colorful that you already have at home. I just dragged in some colorful pillows, the gay lamp and the hyacinth bulbs in ceramic cups :)




Good news, everyone! My colorful living room has been featured at Becolorful, Simply Designing, Him And Her, Sugar And Dots, Craftionary, One Project Closer, What-About Co, Five Days... Five Ways, The Gingerbread Blog, Dreamsicle Sisters, That DIY Show Off and Tidy Mom. Thank you so much for the support, lovely ladies!


101 comments:

  1. You know how much I love your blog and I wouldn't miss this post for anything! Your living room is so bright, fun and inviting! Love all the illustrations you've framed. I've filed some colored illustrations myself for future use and among them is the one with the little girl and the balloons you've also hang! Ha! Brain storming? Need you to tell me where you got that cute black cat!

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    1. I made the black cat myself, I drew the contour and cut it from black cardboard :)

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  2. everything looks so different now! great job!

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    1. Thank you, Ana! It looks a little different maybe because I added the big matching armchair, which was previously in the bedroom :)

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  3. you made the cat? that is so great! i love it. and i also love that rug. the colors are just so beautiful and so very you!

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    1. Thank you, Christine, you know how to make a girl smile!
      PS: I made the cat for the Halloween gallery project. I just can't seem to shake it off the wall... in any season :))

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  4. Wow, your blog is amazing, I love the colors. Kisses.

    http://redecoratelg.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria, you are always welcome to my blog - and yes, it IS colorful :)

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  5. Love, love, love!!! <3 I want your red pillow! :D

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  6. I was never really into rugs, but after you said that it grounds airy looking spaces, it makes so much sense! I now have a whole different view - they really are the basis of the design. I really ought to go get some rugs :)

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    1. I lived a long time rug-less, too! But the rug is very important in the living room, because this room has white floors - hence the floating illusion... It is not such a big problem in rooms with dark floors :)

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  7. I'm just drooling over your beautiful living room, art, photography skills! Wow, beautiful! The tips, Great! Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Cristina, I must admit that I had been waiting a looong time for the right light to shoot the colorful living room :)

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  8. Your place looks absolutely stunning! This room is so inspiring, it's refreshing, fun, colorful and artsy! I love it!

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  9. This looks lovely! Refreshing and airy, just as you wished :). Lucky girl :)!

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    1. Thank you, Di, I get a powerful inspiration from Scandinavian design :)

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  10. Meeha I love love your living room , your yellow and pink lamp,your gallery wall, the rug are so much beautiful and the pillows perfect!!!!

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  11. Wow, so lovely living room! You can really result any space to something completely diffenrent - I love your color splashes combined with the white! as always, I'm impressed and I have pinned :-) thank you for your tips, and sharing! Have a great week,

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  12. OMG it rained here in Mexico too! We had tremedous heat for the past days and today was all grey and rainy. Loving your new livingroom decor. I just fell inlove with the rug!

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  13. Ciao Meeha,

    You mix wisely white and colors to made a very fresh area, looks like an apartment from the site ; Alvhem!!!. Good job!!
    Xoxo,Eva

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    1. Eva, this is the best compliment ever!!!!!! Alvhem - I adore it...

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  14. I love the punches of color. The rug is my favorite. It's bright colors and patterns really brighten up the room.

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    1. Thank you, Erica, it's amazing how a few colorful throw pillows can change the feel of my living room!

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  15. I love your spring living-room. The rug is beautiful and it's perfect with all the light furniture and art.

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    1. Thank you so much, Magali! I will soon share a secret about the traditional rug - it has 2 different sides!

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  16. Foarte frumos noul (sau poate nu) tău covor.

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    1. Mersi, mersi - dar nu e nou covorul (pur si simplu l-am intors pe partea cealalta, fiindca are 2 fetze)

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  17. I love how you put the colors and pattern here and there together. The room looks very pretty cheery.

    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Monday.

    Ellya

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    1. Thank you so much, Ellya, now that I finally changed the pattern mix in the living room, I feel that spring has finally arrived!

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  18. Gorgeously casual, functional and relaxing.

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    1. Thanks, I couldn't have described it better myself!

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  19. What a bright and fun living room. I love all the color on the white backdrop. Looks beautiful. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my spring living room, Wanda!

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  20. Very nice! I love color in the living room; I've been incorporating yellow.
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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    1. Oh, that must look fabulous! I'm a fervent yellow lover myself :)

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  21. Very colorful! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods Monday party! I hope you party with us again next week!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit the link-ups, Chelsea!

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  22. Aw I love it! I am now following, found you at Someday Crafts link up today. I posted my living room makeover too! Hope you'll check it out and follow back! http://styleoyster.blogspot.com/2013/04/living-room-reveal.html

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  23. wow! I would say you did what you set out to do! I love the colors and it looks so pretty. I would love to sit and read for the afternoon... oh wait.. .I have three kids and I never get to sit still :o) I came over from Ginger Snap and would love for you to also link up at my party, going on now! Will be open for another day! Emily @ www.nap-timecreations.com

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  24. LOVIN all this color! Just gorgeous! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-monday-3-link-party.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    1. Thanks a million for the invite, Jenna - you'll be glad to learn that I've linked-up to your party already ;) ... and I'll be back for more, next week!

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  25. This looks great! I especially love all the pops of pink!
    istaistaista.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a million - little bit of pink never hurt anyone ;)

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  26. I love your style! Your room is so inspiring and bright and cheerful. Love all the color, the rug and the art.


    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  27. A happy room with all the creative details who bind the room together! You are SO clever! :) Nice with much air, and the cat and the red pillow do a great deal! Sorry for my bad english!

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    1. Yes, Lisa, in a very light room I couldn't resist to make a small detail of striking red and black, with the pillow and the cat :)

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  28. Love he fresh clean look and the pops of color! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/04/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up.html

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  29. Love it! Hope you will stop by and link with us! http://www.thevintagefarmhouse.com/2013/04/creative-things-thursday-link-party.html

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    1. Thank you for the invite, you are so sweet!

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  30. So beautiful! Such a great mix of color! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  31. Beautiful room! It looks like a breath of fresh air! I could see myself sitting in there enjoying a magazine and a glass of lemonade :)

    Heidi

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  32. Love the colorful living room and I am just crazy about that rug - gorgeous!
    - Lora

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    1. Thanks, Lora, it's the traditional rug that sets the happy tone of my living room!

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  33. Me, again! I just left a comment on your other post at the party. Love the clean feel of this room and adore the rug! Where can that be found? As I am moving, I love seeking out items for the home that resonate with me! Thanks so much...

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    1. Oh, I live in Romania and I bought the rug from local artisans. You could just buy a kilim online or shop a traditional rug at Ikea :)

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  34. I love color so I think this is just beautiful! I particularly like the yellow candlestick lamp with the pink shade - too cute!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Manuela! I love the little pink and yellow lamp, too, a friend of mine had it in the trunk of her car and she just gave it to me :)

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  35. This is so cute! I just love all the pops of color up against the white. I would never think to put all the different fabrics and elements together like you did. It looks so amazing!

    Visiting from Home Sweet Home :)

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting - some of my best decor is done when I just don't care about the rules and kinda "throw" stuff together :)

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  36. Love all the color! I think rooms that do not follow rules and just display what you love always end up looking the best! Fantastic!!!

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you so much for the visit and for the great comment!

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  37. Beautiful - wish I was confident enough to use pops of colour like that. Followed the link from Tatertots and Jello and will be pinning this post!

    Angela @ A Typical English Home

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment and for the pin, Angela! I encourage everyone to use more color - just use more colorful pillows, throws or vases... and see if you like what happens with your room!

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  38. It's so pretty! I love how it's so light but colorful at the same time! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Bonnie! In reality, we see more light than color in the room, so it lifts up our spirits!

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  39. Love all the bright and happy colors! I am your newest follower. Stop by for a visit when you have a chance.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Thank you so much for following, I'm heading over to your blog right now!

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  40. I LOOOOOOVE your space and all the color and light!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my I Spy Sunday party wrap up post! http://tidymom.net/2013/i-spy-sunday-creative-ideas/

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  41. Gorgeous space, I love all of the color against clean, crisp white! Thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week, hope to see you again tomorrow night :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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    1. Thanks a million for the beautiful words, Tanya, I really appreciate you taking the time to visit the link-ups!

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  42. Nice! I really like the couches and the rug! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T'onna

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my colorful living room, Sharon!

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  44. Beautiful living room - so fun and comfy looking!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Elizabeth - sorry you can't have tea with me on the couch, to see that it really is very comfy and cheery!

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  45. I just love this living room. It is so bright and colourful and really just perfect! Colour against white is always my fav combination :)
    Lisa @the thrifty challenge

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting, Lisa - lots of happy color against plain white walls are a sure recipe for happy living ;)

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  46. I LOVE this whole room, but the rug is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday. I hope you don't mind if I share it on my Facebook page later this week. Take care, Laura

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    1. Thanks a million for visiting, Laura, you're simply a wonderful host!

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  47. Thank you so much for linking up at our link party last Friday!

    I absolutely love room!!! It is so pretty! I am featuring it on my blog today!

    Thanks so much!
    Ashley

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  48. So pretty. I love all the pops of color!

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  49. I just saw your living room on Simply Designing. It's beautiful! And so much fun. =)
    ~Kelly @ www.cornerofmain.com

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my colorful living room, Kelly, it means so much to me!

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  50. I am in love with your style...the cat caught my eye initially, and then the wonderful frolic of color on white. Beautifully playful. Thanks so much for sharing...truly inspiring. Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Lynaea!

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  51. Beautiful!! I love having white furniture as a base for any color scheme. I want to move to white furniture myself, but I can't afford replacing things at this time. Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit, Betsy - for now, you could try a white cover for the sofa :)

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  52. Mission accomplished! The room definitely feels airy. I love the combination of this with the pattern and bright color. It's the perfect balance. Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my colorful living room, Angela!

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  53. Ah, this is so boho, artsy, eclectic and airy. Love it.

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    1. Haha, thanks for the wonderful compliment, DI - you've just made my day!

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  54. Love everything about your living room

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    1. Thank you soooo much for visiting my colorful living room, it s great to feel happy after a long and dark winter :)

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  56. I love that it's so cheerful - the rug is so pretty.

    I would love for you to link up at the Empty Your Archive party which has living room makeovers and organisation as one of it's themes this week - Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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